I’ve been blithering on about poor refereeing for the last month, so accept my sincere apologies if you think I’m overreacting, but this was another category A blunder.
Two weeks ago, Chris Wood nearly takes Matt Doherty’s head off at Burnley and it’s completely overlooked to deny us any chance of finishing in the top four.
Today in a nip and tuck encounter, Marcos Alsono throws himself to the ground from zero contact with Neto actively pulling his boot away and the foul is given.
It’s a lovely free-kick from Mount and credit to him for gobbling up the opportunity.
Wolves couldn’t steady the ship and keep the contest alive.
The second goal was awful, with defenders drawn to the ball and Coady somehow failing to clear before Giroud snuck in to score.
But the critical moment was Stuart Atwell getting conned by Alonso because it changed the course of the game.
Our feeble attempts to do anything in the second half mustn’t go overlooked though.
Nuno’s changes made us worse, not better and I’ll never comprehend the logic in pushing Traore to wingback. I haven’t seen that strategy pay dividend once when we’re chasing the game.
The big man can count himself unfortunate not to have started given Jota’s terrible form.
One wonderfully taken goal against Everton aside, he hasn’t turned up since the restart and unless we’re playing two up top, he should be behind Traore, Neto and Podence in the pecking order for Olympiakos.
Nothing came off for him today, albeit in a team performance that never really got going again after Chelsea went ahead.
Whenever things do go wrong, we’re always lamenting the lack of a Plan B and Nuno needs to have something different up his sleeve on the rare occasions we’re well and truly up against it.
I cannot criticise the man or his players too much though, as they have been excellent all season.
Seventh feels disappointing compared to the ecstasy of last season’s identical finishing position, which in itself indicates progress.
If we can maintain the group and add one or two, we’ll be up there fighting again next season I have no doubt.
There’s a last hurrah to come before that and I just hope if we do go down in Europe we go down with a bit more fight and a little less injustice.
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